God has been showing me the importance of prayer in this season of my life. I have a renewed joy in my prayer life. And my gratitude at being able to come before God’s throne of grace surges inside my heart as I start to pray. I found myself in agreement with Charles Stanley’s thoughts on prayer in a recent article.
Stanley, a legendary preacher who has endured significant hardship, says:
“I start the day on my knees with the Lord. I end it that way. And oftentimes I’ll be studying and think, “It’s time for me to ask the Lord about something here.” And so for me, that’s the key. It’s the key to everything. Because what you are doing, you’re acknowledging God at the moment—you need his help, his insight, his understanding, or his courage, or his faith, whatever it might be.
I would say to anybody: the greatest lesson you can learn is to learn to live by faith on your face before God. You can face anything, no matter what it is. He said, “I’ll never leave you or forsake you,” but if I’m so busy I’m not listening to him, I’m not waiting for him, I’m not expecting him to do something—I think people face a lot of circumstances and go through a lot of heartache and trouble that would be unnecessary if they would just stop and listen.”